Towne leaves as BCSO training officer, replaced by Quinn

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Posted 8/11/17

The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office is saying goodbye to a longtime member, and replacing him with a BCSO veteran.

After spending 20 years in law enforcement, Lt. Doug Towne will retire from …

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Towne leaves as BCSO training officer, replaced by Quinn

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The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office is saying goodbye to a longtime member, and replacing him with a BCSO veteran.

After spending 20 years in law enforcement, Lt. Doug Towne will retire from the BCSO and transition into public education. Towne has been selected to become the teacher for Walker Valley High School’s criminal justice class.

Towne holds a bachelor of science degree in secondary education and graduated from Cleveland State Community College’s Law Enforcement Academy in April 1997. Upon graduation from the academy, he worked at the Athens Police Department for four years. During the summer of 2001, Towne was hired by the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office and held various assignments during his tenure.

His career at BCSO started in the patrol division and he was a member of several specialized units, which include the School Resource Officer Unit and SWAT team. Currently, Towne is the sheriff office’s POST training director in addition to the agency’s General Department Instructor.

Various courses have been taught by Towne, such as Active Shooter, DARE, Juvenile Law, the role of a School Resource Officer, Physical Fitness, Building Clearing, Emergency Vehicle Operations, STOPS, Firearms, and the Tennessee Handgun Carry Permit. Additionally, Towne was an instructor at Cleveland State Community College’s Law Enforcement Academy from 2005-15.

Towne’s position will be filled now by Julie Quinn as the new POST training director for the BCSO, Sheriff Eric Watson recently announced.

Quinn, who is a lieutenant in the School Resource Officer Unit, will take over the responsibilities of overseeing the yearly training of sheriff’s office personnel who are POST certified while also managing the Field Training Officer program for new hires.

Quinn began her law enforcement career at the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office in 1997, and held the ranks of field training officer, corporal, sergeant, and was promoted to lieutenant in 2010. For the past 15 years, Quinn has been assigned to the School Resource Office Unit. For a portion of those years she was in a supervisory role to oversee the 16 school resource officers who are individually assigned to Bradley County schools.

During Quinn’s tenure at the BCSO, she has successfully completed several specialized trainings through the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency Additionally, immense certifications have been obtained by Quinn in specialized courses which focused on the operations of a patrol and school resource officer.

Furthermore, Quinn fulfilled the requirements of the POST Instructor Development Course and is a certified instructor for numerous specialized trainings such as:

• University of Tennessee Instructor’s Course

• Basic SRO Course

• POST Firearms Course

• POST Force on Force Course

• TN State Handgun Carry Class

• ALICE Training

• ALERT Civilian Response to Active Shooter Training

• LEAF Academy

Quinn and Towne have shared various similarities throughout their law-enforcement careers such as attending the law-enforcement academy together and transitioning into the School Resource Officer Unit at the same time.

“Lt. Towne will be missed tremendously by his sheriff’s office family, and without a doubt will be successful in his new career as an educator at Walker Valley High School,” said Watson. “Our agency has selected Lt. Quinn to be Towne’s successor because of her impressive training background, leadership skills, and vast experience.”

Quinn is the daughter of 36-year, law-enforcement veteran Eddie Scoggins, who retired from the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office in March of 2011, and was also the agency’s POST Training Director and was formerly a Director and Instructor for Bradley Central High School’s Criminal Justice Academy.

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